Maps

Biography

Maps started at the end. The end of the night, the end of the music. When the last beat was dropped and the needle finally slipped off the groove, a lost soul began drifting through empty Northampton streets in the vague direction of home. Alas, he never arrived. For it was during his euphoric twilight stumble that this particular ending gave way to a bright new beginning; it was here, in the half light of a joyously desolate Sunday morning, that Maps made itself exist. Spinning through Earth's orbit, he was the first audionaut of our generation.

In reality, it was in a drowsy little village somewhere in the outer reaches of a nondescript midland satellite town that Maps came to exist. Floating through these most uninspiring of surroundings, Maps motherbrain James Chapman came upon a sound that was at once monumental and intimate; glorious and uplifting yet strangely melancholic.

His debut album We Can Create - recorded in his tiny bedroom, then co-produced in an Icelandic moonbase with Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Björk) and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Rós, Hope of the States) - is a work of heart-stopping extremes. Its eleven tracks run the full length of the transmission spectrum, from euphoric space-rock to folksy, downtempo whisperings and clattering, thudding noise-pop

'It will find you,' he sings optimistically on the song of the same name. If you're reading this, it already has.

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Maps - Turning The Mind

16th September 2009 -

 Review

Review of Maps album Turning The Mind released through Mute.Having achieved a glut of critical acclaim courtesy of 2007's Mercury nominated 'We Can Create', James Chapman (a.k.a. Maps) could have been forgiven had he chosen...

Maps, To The Sky Video

8th October 2007 -

 Video

Maps To The Sky Video Maps releases a new single To The Sky on 8th October 2007. Maps, aka James Chapman, was recently shortlisted for the prestigious Nationwide Mercury Prize for his debut...

Maps, It Will Find You, Video

19th April 2007 -

 Video

Maps It Will Find You VideoMaps, aka James Chapman, releases his first single on Mute Records, It Will Find You, on 7th May. Maps has previously released 3 much acclaimed 10” only singles, Start Something,...

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